Over the weekend we went to pick figs at Hoogwater Farm. I’ve been strawberry picking before (and loved it) so when the opportunity to pick another fruit presented itself, I jumped on board.
Sometimes a city girl needs a bit of a country experience. It was an amazing day. I pretended I was a farmer for a little while and enjoyed being at one with nature.
But picking the fruit in the hot sun made me more grateful for how convenient my suburban and urban life is and I became more appreciative of the hard work done by farmers and farm workers to provide us – literally – with the fruits of their labour.
I got home with six punnets of figs and planned to preserve them. That’s what I did last night. I used a recipe off the internet. I can’t tell you yet if it was a success or not, but if they didn’t turn out the way I wanted, I’ll turn it into jam. ‘n Boer maak a plan. I could be a farmer with my “turning preserve into jam” thinking, right? (I will update this post later with results about the preserve.) (UPDATE: The preserve turned out well. Yay me!)
Details about fig picking at Hoogwater:
If you live in Cape Town, it takes just over an hour to drive to Hoogwater farm. The fig orchid is located next to Hoogwater Cottage – perfect for when you want to book an overnight stay not too far from home and experience farm life.
Entry fee is R40.
You can eat figs straight from the tree while you’re picking but if you want to take fruit home, you can buy punnets for R5 each.
The only available figs are White Genova figs and there are around 750 trees to pick from.
You can find them on Facebook too.
The farm is open on Saturdays from 8am to 1pm and is closed on Sundays.
TIP: Wear a hat and lots of sunblock.
Have a look at the gallery. Below.